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Hustle & Flow (2005)

R | | Crime, Drama, Music | 22 July 2005 (USA)
With help from his friends, a Memphis pimp in a mid-life crisis attempts to become a successful hip-hop emcee.

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 25 wins & 46 nominations. See more awards »

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Shelby (as D.J. Qualls)
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Tigga (as Juicy J)
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Slobs (as William 'Poon' Engram)
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Yellow Jacket (as Bobby 'I-20' Sandimanie)
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Aspiring emcee DJay works the angles to get his first record made with help from assorted people in his Memphis 'hood. And when he hears that hip-hop superstar Skinny Black is heading to his area, he throws together a supreme hustle to grab Skinny's attention. Written by IMDb Editors

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hip hop | baby | friend | stripper | pimp | See All (151) »

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The music will inspire them. The dream will unite them. This summer get crunk. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Music

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Rated R for sex and drug content, pervasive language and some violence | See all certifications »

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22 July 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ritmo de un sueño  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,017,808 (USA) (22 July 2005)

Gross:

$22,201,636 (USA) (18 November 2005)
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The filmmakers convinced star Terrence Howard to live in Memphis for a while before production started to learn the dialect and get the feel of the place. See more »

Goofs

During the scenes where they are laying down the track for his song, DJAY's hair is slicked back in the recording studio and then messy when he is told to go outside and then slicked back again when he returns to the studio. See more »

Quotes

Nola: [crying] Do you know what I do in the back of them cars? Do you? Everybody's got something to do, every body's got something important going on in their lives but me, D! And I want something!
DJay: What do you want?
Nola: I don't really know, but I want something.
DJay: What... do you want?
Nola: I don't know.
DJay: Tell me what the fuck you wanna do, man!
Nola: Not this, D!
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Spoofed in Scary Movie 4 (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp
by Paul Beauregard (as DJ Paul), Jordan Houston (as Juicy J) and Frayser Boy
Performed by Terrence Howard ("Djay") feat. Taraji P. Henson ("Shug")
Produced by Paul Beauregard (as DJ Paul) & Jordan Houston (as Juicy J)
Courtesy of Pike and Pine Music
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most fun I've ever had in a theatre
23 July 2005 | by (nyc) – See all my reviews

I just saw this flick to a packet house in NYC and the entire audience, myself included was with every frame of this film. Every single beat hits exactly where it is supposed to. Every review I read talks about the music and the acting, but how about how genuinely funny this film is a way that few are?

They took the material seriously rather than letting it devolve into schmaltz or comedy. The direction is straight on, no BS, no showy shots. They take their time with each scene.

Good story, perfect characters well realized. Witty, crackling dialogue. You can't make this stuff up. And comparing this to 8 mile is like comparing dogshit to gold.

A deeply flawed protagonist who is able to reach into himself and transform himself through the power of art, larger themes involve the disillusion with fame, consumer culture.

This is everything a film is supposed to be. If it makes you feel good to knock this film, then you are a snob. If you think can make a better movie than this, then go ahead!

People who love movies love this film. This is what film is about.


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